Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) is a two-year faith formation and leadership development program for young adults (20's and 30's), rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. While the program nurtures individual growth, it also strives to develop a cohort of leaders who can bring the dynamics of faith and justice to lead their families, co-workers and communities.
CLA is designed for young professionals, 25 - 35 years old. Each year fifteen to eighteen emerging leaders representing diverse professions will be invited to participate. Participants will share certain key characteristics: a capacity for self-reflection, several years of work experience, a personal commitment to serve the common good, demonstrated leadership potential, and the willingness to pursue spiritual and professional growth. Because development of community is crucial to success of the program, participants must have the ability to engage in, and contribute to, development of the cohort experience by sharing honestly and respectfully.
The CLA Experience
CLA takes place over a two-year time period and includes:
An annual retreat
Monthly meetings including discussion with your peers on relevant themes
Occasional presentations from guest speakers on topics ranging from Ignatian spirituality to leadership to ethics
Mentoring – you will have the opportunity to engage experienced professionals with whom to discuss the challenges of life, leadership, and faith.
Spiritual Direction – CLA will introduce you to talented and caring spiritual directors to help facilitate your faith-journey.
A capstone project culminating in the second year that is an opportunity for you to create a project that expresses what you have learned in CLA and to apply it to the world in concrete ways
Contemplative Leaders in Action is a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality of the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus. 8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 620, Towson, MD 21286 | 443.921.1336 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.jesuitseastois.org